2020 was the year of turmoil, for many the struggle was professional, mental and even emotional. The whole world was in lockdown, some parts still are but we have crossed the year, thankfully and a new year means new beginnings which will prove true to some, we hope. The past year, everyone was asked to stay at home to battle the coronavirus, to keep ourselves safe and we missed the outside world, immensely especially going to the movies. We missed going to the theatres, hooting for our favourite stars and enjoying the show. But 2020 was also the year of finding new hidden talents or re-discovering the old ones through OTT platforms like Netflix, Prime, AltBalaji, Disney+Hotstar and many others. The OTT platforms helped us discover new faces and the future of cinema. Here are some of the actors who made it big in 2020:
Divyendu Sharma rose to fame after Mirzapur and when the second season released, he gained more popularity than ever before. He has appeared in films like Pyaar ka Punchnama and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha as a supporting actor but Amazon Prime’s Mirzapur is what got him fame and a solid fan base. Though his character died in Mirzapur: Season 2, his fans are hoping for a comeback twist in the following series.
Prajakta Koli is an Indian YouTuber, famously known as MostlySane with over 6 million subscribers on youtube, where she makes observational comedy videos adhering to daily life situations. She made her Netflix debut through Mismatched series opposite Rohit Saraf. The release of the first season gained her much love from her already solid fanbase and they’re looking forward to the next season. She will be next seen on the big screen, as she joined hands with Dharma Production’s film Jug Jugg Jeeyo.
Sushmita Sen is a highly acclaimed Bollywood actress and the crown winner of Miss Universe 1994. She has been out of the movie business for several years but made her OTT debut in the year 2020. She appeared in Aarya, a Hotstar special series which gained mixed reviews but everyone appreciated Sushmita’s come back to the acting biz and are looking forward to seeing her more often.
Barun Sobti is a Television heartthrob and actor who made his OTT debut with Asur, available on Voot. He started his career with Star Plus’s Shraddha and went on to appear in a negative role in Dil Mill Gaye. He starred as the lead actor in “Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?” with Sanaya Irani as the lead actress and in Sony TVs Baat Hamari Pakki Hai. He was appreciated for his acting skills in Asur and has gained many fans with the Voot Series.
Pratik Gandhi appeared in Scam 1992 and instantly became a fan favourite with his fantastic performance as Harshad Mehta. Before he did this web show, he had worked in Mumbai theatres for almost 20 years and some Bollywood roles as well but he went unrecognised. He was also a casting director for some years. With his digital debut, he gathered many fans who are hoping to see him working in more acting projects.
Arshad Warsi is another popular Bollywood actor who made his OTT debut in 2020 and completed his wish of complex roles. He is famous as Circuit in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S and portraying similar funny characters. With his Voot series, Asur he proved that he is well-abled to perform lead complex roles and is versatile with his acting skills. He received critical appreciation for the show and was appreciated by the viewers as well.
Jaideep Ahlavat has done some amazing roles in Raazi and Gangs of Wasseypur among many other films but it was after Amazon Prime’s Pataal Lok, which made him shine as he played the lead role in the series. With Pataal Lok, he rose to fame and garnered attention for his impressive acting skills. He was well-acclaimed in the role of Inspector Hathiram Chaudhary by other actors and his fans.
Isha Talwar was the star of Mirzapur: Season 2, she stood out with her amazing acting and portrayal of her character. Though the whole cast of Mirzapur is worth mentioning, she was the character we all prayed will match Munna and Guddu bhaiya’s acting and she did work up to the expectations. Mirzapur is one of the most popular OTT shows and has a solid fanbase. She became an instant favourite of the fans with her stellar performance.
With his amazing acting skills, Abhishek Bachchan proved that nepotism is just another word in the dictionary. He made his debut in the second season of Breathe, the web series and went on to work in Netflix’s Ludo as well. This year has been nothing but special for him as he has gained a lot of fans with his back to back amazing performances in the OTT platforms.